(-Bef 1695)


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Michael COMPIGNÉ 1

  • Born: Of, Caen, Normandy, France 1
  • Marriage: Catherine
  • Died: Bef 1695 2

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According to family tradition Michael was a clockmaker in Caen, his children escaping religious persecution in France following the Revocation of the Treaty of Nantes in 1685. His wife Catherine was a widow when she registered her temoinage in London in 1694, so it is likely that Michael did not emigrate to England. The first Compigné record in the church registers of the French Community in London was in 1692, at the Church of La Patente Spitalfields.

Six children have been identified. Most is known about Michael's son David (qv), a clockmaker who settled in Winchester. It is not certain that all the others were siblings, but it seems likely as they were in Stepney at the same time, and witnessed the baptisms of each other's children. Michael jnr was a watchmaker in Frying Pan Alley in Stepney, and had four children with his wife Ann Montier, who was a lace shopkeeper when they married in 1698. The occupations of the other sons John and James are not known. John had five children with his wife Jeanne Blanchard - two of his daughters married brothers from the Orange family, silkweavers in Stepney. James also married but did not have any surviving children. Michael snr had two daughters: Magdalen who did not marry and was living in Tower Liberty when she died in 1742, and Martha who married Daniel Bertrand, a weaver in Stepney. Martha's temoinage was issued from Dieppe, so it is possible that the family sailed to England from there, rather than Caen.


Michael married Catherine. (Catherine died after 1699 3.)



1 James Compigne (1778-1828), Compigne (Unpublished notes in Huguenot Library, University College London (7pp)).

2 Church Register, Transcript of Temoinages de L'Eglise de Threadneedle Street 1669-1789. Quarto Series Vol 21, London: Huguenot Society.

3 Inference, Transcript of French Church Threadneedle St Vol 3 p195. London: Huguenot Society (baptism of granddaughter Catherine).

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